Matt Eisenberg

Matt Eisenberg is an editor both for SNY and espnW. He graduated from Quinnipiac University in 2014.

New York Yankees starting pitcher Chance Adams (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Chance Adams (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Before the season, Yankees RHP Chance Adams was ranked among the top 100 prospects by Baseball America, MLB.com and Baseball Prospectus.

But despite a disappointing season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Adams is likely to make his MLB debut Saturday when the Yankees, whose rotation is in flux, face the Red Sox in the third game of a crucial four-game series.

So what does Adams bring to the table?

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New York Yankees designated hitter Aaron Judge is checked on by Yankees trainer Steve Donohue after being hit by a pitch against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees designated hitter Aaron Judge is checked on by Yankees trainer Steve Donohue after being hit by a pitch against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees designated hitter Aaron Judge was hit by a pitch in the first inning of Thursday's 7-2 win over the Royals, and the Yankee Stadium crowd held its collective breath.

When he came up again in the third inning, there was a sense of relief. But when Miguel Andujar pinch hit for him in the fourth inning, that's when tension began to build.

Later in the game, before the team announced Judge would miss at least three weeks with a chip fracture in his right wrist, Yankee fans showed their support in perhaps the most 2018 fashion imaginable: by holding a "candlelight vigil" with their phones.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Kansas City Royals, Neil Walker, Matt Eisenberg
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Every Friday, we'll be taking a look at how the Mets' top prospects are faring in the minors...


Peter Alonso, 1B, Triple-A Las Vegas -- ETA 2018

The 23-year-old Alonso has struggled in July, hitting just .200 this month, as his batting line with Triple-A Las Vegas has dropped to .205/.327/.475. In 98 games with both Las Vegas and Double-A Binghamton this season, the 2016 second-round pick is hitting .275 with 24 home runs and 86 RBIs.

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American League outfielder Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees talks with reporters during workouts in preparation for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
American League outfielder Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees talks with reporters during workouts in preparation for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

Given he won't be attempting to defend his Home Run Derby crown, Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is looking to relax and take in the All-Star Game festivities in his second go around.

The 26-year-old Yankees slugger, one of the top three leading vote-getters among American League outfielders, will bat sixth and start in left field for the AL in Tuesday's All-Star Game. 

Though he said "it's been a while" since he last batted sixth -- Sept. 10, 2017, was the last time, he said he was glad he was starting for the second year a row.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom shown in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom shown in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)

After striking out eight batters and allowing one run in seven innings on Monday, Mets RHP Jacob deGrom has an ERA of 0.94 in his last eight outings.

However, the Mets have only won two of those starts.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Seth Lugo, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom shown in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom shown in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)

After striking out eight batters and allowing one run in seven innings on Monday, Mets RHP Jacob deGrom has an ERA of 0.94 in his last eight outings.

However, the Mets have only won two of those starts.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Seth Lugo, Matt Eisenberg
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Oakland Athletics outfielder Dustin Fowler waits for a pitch against the Houston Astros during his first major league at-bat in the seventh inning at Oakland Coliseum. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)
Oakland Athletics outfielder Dustin Fowler waits for a pitch against the Houston Astros during his first major league at-bat in the seventh inning at Oakland Coliseum. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)

Outfielder Dustin Fowler will get his at-bat at Yankee Stadium ... just as a member of the Oakland A's.

The highly-touted prospect, whom the Yankees dealt last summer as part of the Sonny Gray trade, was promoted to the majors for the second time in his career earlier this week and will make his next MLB start during this weekend's A's-Yankees series.

"It's just the perfect story," Fowler said, according to MLB.com's Jane Lee. "The guy I got traded for, getting to face him. It'll be nice to be in New York and play in front of that crowd. It'll be exciting. I'm ready to get there."

Fowler's first stint in the majors didn't last one full inning.

Tags: Dustin Fowler, James Kaprielian, Jorge Mateo, Oakland Athletics, Matt Eisenberg
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Dec 29, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman addresses the media at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 29, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman addresses the media at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

In addition to praising running back Saquon Barkley by saying he has Hall of Fame potential, Giants GM Dave Gettleman backed quarterback Davis Webb during an interview on WFAN's "Boomer & Gio" on Friday.

Gettleman made Barkley, the dynamic Penn State running back who many considered to be the best athlete in the draft, the No. 2 pick on Thursday, passing on Sam DarnoldJosh Allen and Josh Rosen as potential heirs to Eli Manning.

"We're talking gold jacket potential, and Saquon has those things," Gettleman said. "When I see him today, I'm going to give him a big hug and I'm going to look at him and say, 'Be Saquon. Don't be anyone else.' "

Tags: Davis Webb, Eli Manning, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. talks to Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant during warmups before a game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. talks to Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant during warmups before a game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was featured alongside free agent Dez Bryant in an Instagram video of the two of them working out together Thursday night.

Bryant, the former Cowboys wideout who has said he would be interested in coming to New York, posted a video of the two of them using battle ropes to train.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz, Matt Eisenberg
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Gleyber Torres at the Arizona Fall League (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Gleyber Torres at the Arizona Fall League (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees top infield prospect Gleyber Torres said he is looking forward to competing for a spot on New York's Opening Day roster out of spring training after a season cut short due to Tommy John surgery.

Torres, who has been ranked among the top 10 prospects in baseball my multiple organizations, has spent a majority of his minor league career as a shortstop, however saw some time at third base and second base last season.

Tags: Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade, Matt Eisenberg
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Now a senior advisor to the MLB Players' Association, Omar Minaya returned to Citi Field on Tuesday night. (AP)
Now a senior advisor to the MLB Players' Association, Omar Minaya returned to Citi Field on Tuesday night. (AP)

Former Mets GM Omar Minaya said he is looking forward to returning to the organization and helping with scouting and player development after the franchise announced Minaya will take on a new role as special assistant to current GM Sandy Alderson.

"Christmas came earlier than expected," Minaya said on a conference call Friday afternoon.

Tags: Daniel Murphy, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis warms up prior to taking on the Utah Jazz at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis warms up prior to taking on the Utah Jazz at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis joked that he didn't understand it when Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant first called him a "unicorn" when describing Porzingis' play on the court.

"At first I was a little confused. It's like what is it, a horse with a ponytail? What does it mean?" Porzingis said Thursday on "The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon." "But then he explained it to me, and what he tried to say was that I was a unique player, so it was nice to hear him say good things about me."

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Mets Hot Stove: Smith on '17 00:06:00
Dominic Smith discusses his 2017 campaign after not performing as well as he would have liked and using criticism as motivation for 2018.

In an effort to start at first base for the Mets in 2018, Mets 1B prospect Dominic Smith plans to work this offseason on his swing and focus on improving his diet and a new wellness regimen.

"I'm not taking anything for granted," Smith said Monday night in studio on SNY's Mets Hot Stove. "I know I didn't perform how I'd like and I'm definitely going to work my butt off."

In early November, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Smith did not do enough in August and September to win the team's starting first base job.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning looks on against the Washington Redskins during the first half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning looks on against the Washington Redskins during the first half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants quarterback Eli Manning admitted after Thursday's 20-10 loss to the Washington Redskins that playing without much of its starting receiving corps has been difficult.

Since losing Odell Beckhma Jr., Brandon Marshall and Dwayne Harris to season-ending injuries in Week 5, and with Sterling Shepard missing four of the past six games, Manning has been held to under 225 yards five times, including a season-low 113 yards on Thursday.

"Well we've lost a lot of players," Manning said, according to the New York Daily News' Pat Leonard. "We're missing our three starting receivers for a lot of the season. We've got some new guys in doing some good things, we're missing some linemen, so we're missing some key players on offense, and it's tough to catch up and make up and make some of those plays with the playmakers that we lost."

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Roger Lewis, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning looks on against the Washington Redskins during the first half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning looks on against the Washington Redskins during the first half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants quarterback Eli Manning admitted after Thursday's 20-10 loss to the Washington Redskins that playing without much of its starting receiving corps has been difficult.

Since losing Odell Beckhma Jr., Brandon Marshall and Dwayne Harris to season-ending injuries in Week 5, and with Sterling Shepard missing four of the past six games, Manning has been held to under 225 yards five times, including a season-low 113 yards on Thursday.

"Well we've lost a lot of players," Manning said, according to the New York Daily News' Pat Leonard. "We're missing our three starting receivers for a lot of the season. We've got some new guys in doing some good things, we're missing some linemen, so we're missing some key players on offense, and it's tough to catch up and make up and make some of those plays with the playmakers that we lost."

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New York Knicks forward Tim Hardaway Jr. reacts during the second half against the Toronto Raptors at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Tim Hardaway Jr. reacts during the second half against the Toronto Raptors at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 12 of his career-high 38 points during New York's crucial 28-0 third-quarter run in Wednesday's 108-100 win over the Toronto Raptors at Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks turned a 62-52 deficit into an 80-62 lead late in the third thanks to a game-changing run that included seven points from Enes Kanter, seven from Courtney Lee and just two from Kristaps Porzingis, who scored 22 points and brought down 12 rebounds in the game.

New York made 10 of 16 field goals in the 8-minute, 24-second stretch, including a Hardaway layup on a Kanter assist that capped the run and gave the Knicks an 18-point lead.

 

Tags: Courtney Lee, Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Toronto Raptors, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Giants wide receiver Roger Lewis catches an overtime long pass despite interference from Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Phillip Gaines to lead to a field goal and a win for the Giants at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Roger Lewis catches an overtime long pass despite interference from Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Phillip Gaines to lead to a field goal and a win for the Giants at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants wide receiver Roger Lewis made an acrobatic catch despite being interfered with in overtime to help set up Aldrick Rosas' game-winning field goal in Sunday's 12-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium.

On fourth-and-5 from the Chiefs 36-yard line, Eli Manning fended off a blitz by throwing a deep pass to Lewis down the left sideline. Lewis, whose arm was being held by Chiefs cornerback Phillip Gaines, slid and reached back for the ball, catching it at the 2-yard line.

Two plays later, Rosas' 23-yard field goal sealed the victory for the Giants.

"It feels great, but one thing nobody can take away from is my big-play mentality and my ability to go make a play," Lewis said, according to the New York Post's Zach Braziller. "That's what I have to do all the time. It's a huge blessing. I just want to make plays to help the team win."

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Kansas City Chiefs, Odell Beckham Jr., Roger Lewis, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams points to the sky following the national anthem before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams points to the sky following the national anthem before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA TODAY Sports)

While there was outside talk that the New York Jets were going to tank the 2017 season, the players aren't surprised after Sunday's 17-14 win over the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium gave them a three-game winning streak and put them in a three-way tie for first place in the AFC East.

"Sounds like that's how it's supposed to be," cornerback Morris Claiborne, who had one of New York's two interceptions, said, according to Newsday's Calvin Watkins.

New York, which lost the first two games of the season by a combined score of 66-32, has won three games in a row for the first time since winning five in a row from Week 12 to Week 16 in 2015. 

Combined with the New England Patriots' win on Thursday and the Buffalo Bills' 20-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, the Jets are in a three-way tie for the division lead heading into their Week 6 matchup against the defending Super Bowl champions.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Cleveland Browns, Elijah McGuire, Jordan Jenkins, Morris Claiborne, New England Patriots, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams points to the sky following the national anthem before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams points to the sky following the national anthem before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA TODAY Sports)

While there was outside talk that the New York Jets were going to tank the 2017 season, the players aren't surprised after Sunday's 17-14 win over the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium gave them a three-game winning streak and put them in a three-way tie for first place in the AFC East.

"Sounds like that's how it's supposed to be," cornerback Morris Claiborne, who had one of New York's two interceptions, said, according to Newsday's Calvin Watkins.

New York, which lost the first two games of the season by a combined score of 66-32, has won three games in a row for the first time since winning five in a row from Week 12 to Week 16 in 2015. 

Combined with the New England Patriots' win on Thursday and the Buffalo Bills' 20-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, the Jets are in a three-way tie for the division lead heading into their Week 6 matchup against the defending Super Bowl champions.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Cleveland Browns, Elijah McGuire, Jordan Jenkins, Morris Claiborne, New England Patriots, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Giants wide receiver Roger Lewis Jr. hauls in a second-half touchdown reception in front of Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Roger Lewis Jr. hauls in a second-half touchdown reception in front of Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants lost four wide receivers, including Odell Beckham Jr. to a broken ankle, to injury in Sunday's 27-22 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, meaning they only have one healthy receiver on the roster: Roger Lewis Jr.

Beckham may need surgery on a fractured left ankle he suffered in the fourth quarter when he landed awkwardly after trying to go up for a catch, and the 24-year-old receiver could miss the rest of the season.

Earlier in the gameBrandon Marshall was carted off with an ankle injury, Sterling Shepard left the game with an ankle injury and Dwayne Harris broke his foot, leaving Lewis, the second-year pro out of Bowling Green, as the last man standing.

"It hurts -- like, what, three, four of my brothers got hurt today," Lewis said after the game. "They're like big brothers to me. So, it really hurts."

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Evan Engram, Jerell Adams, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Roger Lewis, San Diego Chargers, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman, Matt Eisenberg
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Minnesota Twins pitcher Ervin Santana pitches in the third inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
Minnesota Twins pitcher Ervin Santana pitches in the third inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees manager Joe Girardi is readying his team for Tuesday's wild-card game against Ervin Santana and the Minnesota Twins.

Although the Yankees are mathematically in contention for the AL East title, they would need to sweep the Toronto Blue Jays this weekend and also need the Houston Astros to sweep the Boston Red Sox. That said, Girardi has begun to look ahead to the wild card, which Yankee Stadium would host.

The Twins, losers of 103 games last season, have rebounded in 2017 to win 83 games so far and would likely start the 34-year-old Santana, who is 16-8 with a 3.28 ERA this season and threw five scoreless innings against the AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians on Thursday.

Tags: Luis Severino, Minnesota Twins, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Mets RHP Robert Gsellman (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets RHP Robert Gsellman (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Hours after GM Sandy Alderson said RHP Robert Gsellman would move back to the bullpen once the Mets activate two pitchers off the disabled list, Gsellman threw seven strong innings to lead New York to a 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday at Citi Field.

Gsellman (3-3) gave up two runs (one earned) and three hits, and also recorded two RBIs on a sac fly and a bases-loaded walk as the Mets won for the third time in their last four games.

"That's the guy we saw last year," manager Terry Collins said. "That's the guy we know he can be. He threw the ball very well."

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jerry Blevins, Milwaukee Brewers, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Wilmer Flores, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Warren delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Warren delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees RHP Adam Warren will be a reliever to open the regular season while Luis SeverinoChad Green, and Jordan Montgomery will compete for two rotation spots, manager Joe Girardi said to Newsday's Erik Boland.

Warren, who had been considered for a rotation spot earlier this spring, had a 4.80 ERA in five Grapefruit League outings (four starts), allowing eight runs and 13 hits in 15 innings. 

Though he spent most of last season as a reliever with both the Yankees and Chicago Cubs, he split time in the rotation and bullpen with the Yankees in 2015, going 6-6 with a 3.66 ERA in 17 starts and 1-1 with a 2.29 ERA in 26 relief outings.

Tags: Adam Warren, CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina delivers the pitch against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (William Pearlman/The Star-Ledger-US PRESSWIRE)
New York Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina delivers the pitch against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (William Pearlman/The Star-Ledger-US PRESSWIRE)

Former Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina has seen his Hall of Fame voting trend upward, increasing nearly 40 percent over the past two years on his fourth time on the ballot.

Mussina, who received just 24.6 percent of the vote in 2015, is polling at 61.7 percent, according to submitted public (and anonymous) ballots that Ryan Thibodaux collected and organized.

While players need 75 percent of the Baseball Writers Association of America's ballot to make The Hall, Mussina's numbers have increased significantly over the past two years, partially due to the BBWAA cutting more than 100 writers' right to vote following the 2015 election. Mussina's numbers jumped 18.4 percent from 2015 to 2016.

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Mets Hot Stove: Matt Harvey 00:04:12
The Mets Hot Stove panel discusses Matt Harvey's injury rehab and their expectations from the right-handed hurler in 2017.

New York Mets manager Terry Collins said RHP Matt Harvey "looks great" and "is in tremendous shape" as he resumes throwing after thoracic outlet syndrome cut his 2016 season short. 

Harvey, 27, was diagnosed with TOS when trapped nerves caused numbness and discomfort in his pitching arm. He made his last start in early July and is expected to be ready for spring training.

TOS isn't considered a "death sentence" for pitchers, a former Mets prospect earlier said, and several other pitchers who have underwent surgery for TOS have the numbers to back it up.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo (Gregory Fisher/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo (Gregory Fisher/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Mets RHP Seth Lugo threw seven innings of one-run ball in a 5-1 win over the Washington Nationals on Sunday at Citi Field to keep the Mets within one game of the second wild card spot.

Lugo (3-2), making his fourth start this season after being a reliever in July and early August, won his third straight start and improved to 3-1 with a 2.19 ERA as a starter. The Mets are 11-5 since Lugo made his first start and remained one game behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the second wild card spot.

The Mets, who have been without Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler, and will likely skip Jacob deGrom for multiple starts, have had to rely on younger, less-experienced pitchers down the stretch, including Robert Gsellman, an 11th-round pick in 2011 who threw six innings of one-run ball in Saturday's win, and Lugo, a 34th-round pick in 2011.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Seth Lugo, Washington Nationals, Zack Wheeler, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Aaron Judge, one of the New York Yankees' top prospects, homered twice in his first weekend in the majors in a polarizing start to his big league career.

Fellow rookie Tyler Austin and Judge became the first teammates in baseball history to hit back-to-back home runs in their first at-bats in Saturday's 8-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Austin's home run was a line drive that just eclipsed the right-field fence, whereas Judge's first homer was a blast projected to travel 446 feet to deep center field.

"It was exciting," Judge said on Saturday, according to MLB.com's Nick Suss. "Tyler went out there and he got down 0-2 really quick, but he battled and had a great at-bat and was able to hit one out. I was ecstatic on deck and I was like, 'I've just got to make contact now.' What a day. That's all I can really say."

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New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman watches batting practice at George M. Steinbrenner Stadium. (Butch Dill/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman watches batting practice at George M. Steinbrenner Stadium. (Butch Dill/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman said the team should not be ashamed in becoming sellers at the trade deadline to rebuild for the future.

Speaking before Monday's Subway Series, Cashman spoke to reporters about the Yankees' several trades, which saw them trade away relievers Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller, outfielder Carlos Beltran and starting pitcher Ivan Nova for packages of prospects

"We're trying to get back to a situation where we can build an uber team and a sustainable one," Cashman said on Sunday, according to the Associated Press.

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New York Yankees RHP Dellin Betances (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees RHP Dellin Betances (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees RHP Dellin Betances said he was shocked after the organization traded closer and LHP Andrew Miller to the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.

"I'm still trying to get over the fact that we traded the best of the best," Betances said, according to ESPN's Wallace Matthews.

The Yankees dealt Miller, 31, who had a 1.39 ERA, nine saves, 16 holds and 77 strikeouts in 45 1/3 innings across 44 outings for the Yankees this season, and received four prospects -- including two of Cleveland's top three -- in return.

Tags: Andrew Miller, Dellin Betances, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda pitches against the Houston Astros in the first inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda pitches against the Houston Astros in the first inning at Minute Maid Park. (Thomas Shea/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees RHP Michael Pineda struck out eight batters in seven strong innings and outdueled Houston's Dallas Keuchel in New York's 2-1 win over the Houston Astros on Monday at Minute Maid Park.

Pineda (5-9) settled down after a leadoff home run and escaped trouble in the sixth inning to earn his second straight win and put the Yankees three games over .500 for the first time this season.

"We had a feeling it was going to be a low-scoring game," Chase Headley, who hit an RBI single in the fifth inning and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, said, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch and Brian McTaggart. "Mikey was outstanding. Credit to him. The pitching staff has been great lately and that's a big reason why we're playing a lot better."

Tags: Austin Romine, Chase Headley, Houston Astros, Michael Pineda, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino delivers to the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Jim Cowsert/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino delivers to the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Jim Cowsert/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees RHP Luis Severino said he welcomes a bullpen role after the team called him up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday.

"I don't think it's going to be difficult. I think it's going to be a little different," Severino told YES Network. "When you're a starter, you have to know five days to prepare yourself. ... Here, you have to be overprepared."

The Yankees recalled Severino, 22, from the minors, and despite him being a starting pither for most of his professional career, will have him available out of the bullpen for Monday's game against the Houston Astros.

Tags: Luis Severino, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Brad Mills/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Brad Mills/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Giants wide receiver Dwayne Harris said quarterback Eli Manning and the offense are working on throwing the deep ball more often.

Harris told the Giants team site that the team will be utilizing its receiving corps of him, Odell Beckham Jr.Sterling Shepard and Victor Cruz to throw the ball downfield more often.

"I think we're getting better just throwing the ball down the field more," Harris said. "We're definitely trying to work on throwing the ball down the field, throwing more deep passes. And [we need to get] the run game going. That's one of the key elements in our offense. We got it going later on in the season. We've just got to continue that momentum and keep carrying it in the beginning of this season."

Tags: Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Geremy Davis, Odell Beckham Jr., Shane Vereen, Victor Cruz, Matt Eisenberg
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Granderson's lead-off HR 00:00:46
Curtis Granderson leads off the game with a solo home run in the Mets' 5-2 win over the Brewers at Miller Park.

New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson hit his 40th career leadoff home run in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

Leading off for the 52nd time this season, Granderson got ahead in the count 3-1 against Jimmy Nelson before hitting his sinker into the right-field seats.

"I was just looking for something around the middle of the plate that I could drive," Granderson said, according to MLB.com's Curt Hogg and Andrew Gruman. "I'm not exactly sure where the pitch was, but I know it was a strike. Any time you can get the count in your favor, it puts you in a position to be more successful."

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Milwaukee Brewers, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances pitches in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. (Rick Osentoski/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances pitches in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. (Rick Osentoski/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he is not concerned over Dellin Betances after the reliever's recent struggles.

The 28-year-old Betances has an 11.57 ERA over his last four outings, giving up six runs, seven hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings. In his previous 12 outings, Betances had an ERA of 0.77 with 22 strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings.

"Every time I've seen him go through a two- or three-game streak that he was un-Dellin-like, he seems to bounce back really well," Girardi said, according to Newsday's Greg Logan. "That's what I expect."

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New York Yankees infielder Robert Refsnyder celebrates with teammates after scoring a run in the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. (Rick Osentoski/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees infielder Robert Refsnyder celebrates with teammates after scoring a run in the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. (Rick Osentoski/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Yankees' three middle infielders helped lead the Yankees to a 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday at Comerica Park.

Rob Refsnyder started at second base and started a four-run seventh-inning rally with a tiebreaking RBI single, then scored on Jacoby Ellsbury's two-run triple that gave New York a 5-1 lead.

But it was the defense of Didi Gregorius, who entered the game as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning, and Starlin Castro, who started at shortstop but moved to second base once Gregorius entered, that saved the game.

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Didi Gregorius, Rob Refsnyder, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro celebrates at home plate after hitting a two-run home run during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro celebrates at home plate after hitting a two-run home run during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

Thanks to Starlin Castro's two-run home run in the seventh inning, the New York Yankees won a game despite recording just one hit for the first time since 1914 in their 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday at Tropicana Field.

Rays RHP Jake Odorizzi took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and walked Brett Gardner with one out to bring up Castro, who hit Odorizzi's 1-0 pitch over the center-field fence to break up the no-hit bid, end the shutout and turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead.

"I was just looking for one pitch I could drive," Castro said. "That's what happened." 

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Ivan Nova throws the ball against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at Oakland Coliseum. (Kenny Karst/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Ivan Nova throws the ball against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at Oakland Coliseum. (Kenny Karst/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi pulled his starting pitcher after six strong innings and a low pitch count to go to his bullpen trio of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman for the second straight game as the Yankees beat the Oakland A's, 4-1, Thursday at Oakland Coliseum.

A night after Girardi pulled Nathan Eovaldi after six innings and 85 pitches, he took Ivan Nova out of a 2-1 game despite just 62 pitches and retiring the last five batters in a row in favor of Betances, Miller and Chapman, who have combined for 104 pitches over the past two days.

"There's a reason we put them together down there and it's for games like today and yesterday," Girardi said. "We didn't put them together for games that are 6-1 or 7-1, but when you've got 3-1 and 2-1 and they're close games and you have guys that strike people out, it's much harder to score." 

Tags: Ivan Nova, Andrew Miller, Dellin Betances, Nathan Eovaldi, Oakland Athletics, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi takes the ball from starting pitcher Michael Pineda against the Kansas City Royals during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi takes the ball from starting pitcher Michael Pineda against the Kansas City Royals during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees RHP Michael Pineda's first-inning problems continued on Wednesday when he allowed four runs in the first inning in a 7-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium.

Pineda (1-4), who is winless in his last six starts, has a 15.43 ERA in the first inning this season, while opponents are hitting .500/.535/1.026 with five home runs in the first inning. He has given up 20 earned runs in the first two innings this season.

From the third inning on, Pineda has a 2.55 ERA.

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Michael Pineda, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino pitches against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino pitches against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said RHP Luis Severino is "on the right track" despite remaining winless after Sunday's 5-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox.

Severino, who allowed the first to batters he faced to score and, settled down to pitch a season-high 6 2/3 innings, tying a career high with nine strikeouts amid speculation he could be sent down to the minors.

"I actually think the kid is really close," Girardi told reporters after the game. "I know the numbers are going to say he went 6 2/3 and gave up four runs, but I actually thought he threw the ball pretty well."

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New York Yankees pitcher Dellin Betances pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees pitcher Dellin Betances pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi expressed his confidence in right-handed reliever Dellin Betances despite allowing a home run in his third consecutive outing, including the eventual game-winning runs in Sunday's 8-7 loss to the Boston Red Sox.

Girardi pulled Ivan Nova and brought Betances into a tie game in the bottom of the seventh inning with a runner on first base to face Christian Vazquez, Boston's No. 8 hitter, with a runner on first. Vazquez smashed Betances' first pitch over the Green Monster to break a 6-6 tie and give the Red Sox an 8-6 lead.

"I could have," Girardi told Newsday's Anthony Rieber about the possibility of sticking with Nova. "But, I mean, it's Dellin Betances."

Tags: Ivan Nova, Dellin Betances, Boston Red Sox, Matt Eisenberg
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Golden State Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton sits with head coach Steve Kerr. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA Today Sports Images)
Golden State Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton sits with head coach Steve Kerr. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA Today Sports Images)

Golden State Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton told the San Jose Mercury News' Tim Kawakami that while he has expressed the desire to become a head coach in the future, he is "comfortable" where he currently is and does not plan to rush into anything.

Walton said he spoke informally with New York Knicks president Phil Jackson "a couple days ago" and that the conversation was not considered a formal interview. Jackson said earlier Monday, "Nobody has been asked[,] nobody said no" to any formal offer regarding the Knicks' head coaching vacancy.

While Walton, according to a report on Sunday, had no interest in the position, he confirmed as such to Kawakami on Monday. Walton said:

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino throws a warm up pitch against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino throws a warm up pitch against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

With 22-year-old Luis Severino in the rotation and 26-year-olds Didi Gregorius and Starlin Castro starting in the middle infield, the New York Yankees have their youngest Opening Day roster in 24 years, according to the Associated Press.

The average age for a Yankee is currently 29 years, 97 days, the youngest since 1992 (29 years, 52 days). The Yankees had not had an average age under 30 years old since 1996.

The Yankees have the 11th-oldest team in baseball, according to Statista, and the average age of a baseball player is 28.4 years. The Seattle Mariners are the oldest franchise at 30.1 years old, while the Arizona Diamondbacks are the youngest at 26.9 years old.

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Carlos Beltran, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Mark Teixeira, Matt Eisenberg
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Thon Maker, the 7-footer from Athlete Institute in Ontario, will declare for the NBA Draft this summer, Bleacher Report's Adam Wells reported Sunday.

Maker, a native of the Sudan who grew up in Australia and has played high school basketball in the U.S. and Canada, had taken an official visit to Kansas and was considering Indiana, Notre Dame, St. John's and Arizona State. He was projected as the No. 29 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by DraftExpress.com and had been compared to Kevin Garnett and Kevin Durant. He is now listed as the No. 44 best prospect in 2016 by DraftExpress.com.

One NBA executive told SNY.tv that if Maker becomes eligible for this year's NBA Draft, he believes a team may take a flyer on him in the first round.

Tags: Recruiting, Thon Maker, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom poses for a photo with a member of the military before pitching against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom poses for a photo with a member of the military before pitching against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Mets will not wear camouflage uniforms at home in 2016, according to UniWatch's Paul Lukas.

The Mets started Military Monday for the 2014 season and continued it into 2015. The Mets were undefeated when wearing their camouflage uniforms for Monday home games last season.

New York worked with Wounded Warrior Project to salute U.S. servicemen and women with Military Mondays.

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez works out at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez works out at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

Yankees manager Joe Girardi will rotate between catchers Gary Sanchez and Austin Romine during spring training and have them compete for the backup catcher position.

"I think in evaluating Sanchez and Romine, you want to give them equal starts to see how they do and how they adapt to the different pitchers," Girardi told NJ.com's Ryan Hatch. "You try to rotate it, in a sense. I guess you could call that significance, but I think it's shown how much he's grown in the past couple of years."

While Brian McCann, 32, is the team's starting catcher, the Yankees traded last year's backup catcher, John Ryan Murphy, to the Minnesota Twins for outfielder Aaron Hicks, setting up a vacancy in spring training. In 2014, the team had Francisco Cervelli.

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New York Yankees pitcher Dellin Betances winds up to deliver a pitch during the ninth inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees pitcher Dellin Betances winds up to deliver a pitch during the ninth inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA Today Sports Images)

After battling fatigue toward the end of last season, Yankees reliever Dellin Betances said he feels ready to go for 2016.

Betances, 27, has pitched 174 innings in the past two seasons, including 84 innings last year, the most among all relievers last season. In the offseason, instead of giving his arm a normal four-week break, he opted to rest his arm for another month.

"That was the longest I've taken off without throwing," Betances told reporters on Thursday. "Just trying to give the arm a little break and try something, I guess."

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The New York Giants are introduced before a game against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USATSI)
The New York Giants are introduced before a game against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USATSI)

The New York Giants signed French wide receiver Anthony Dable to a contract, according to American Football International.

Dable, whom the Giants worked out earlier this week, signed a minimum deal with New York, according to AFI, after impressing the team's scouts and coaching staff.

The 27-year-old was part of a program that develops European players.

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Jan 5, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants former head coach Tom Coughlin addresses media during press conferenceat Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports (Jim O'Connor)
Jan 5, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants former head coach Tom Coughlin addresses media during press conferenceat Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports (Jim O'Connor)

The Philadelphia Eagles have shifted their focus on replacing fired head coach Chip Kelly with former New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter (Jan. 14).

Though Coughlin resigned from the Giants after a disappointing, injury-plagued 6-10 season, he has not lost the desire to coach (Jan. 9). Enter the Eagles, who had been linked to McAdoo and Hue Jackson, who became the Cleveland Browns coach earlier Wednesday.

Coughlin has already interviewed with the Eagles and it went well, according to NJ.com's Jordan Raanan (Jan. 13). In fact, according to Mike Garafolo, Coughlin spoke with the Eagles on Wednesday and is expected to talk with them again on Thursday (Jan. 14).

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New York Yankees first baseman Jorge Posada at bat during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Michael L. Stein-US PRESSWIRE)
New York Yankees first baseman Jorge Posada at bat during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Michael L. Stein-US PRESSWIRE)

Former Yankees catcher Jorge Posada will be added to the Hall of Fame ballot in 2017.

Along with Posada, Manny Ramirez, Ivan Rodriguez, and Vladimir Guerrero will be up for election for the first time next year.

Players need at least 75 percent of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, who on Wednesday elected Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza into Cooperstown, to check off their name on the ballot in order to earn election into Cooperstown.

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New York Jets fans celebrate an overtime victory over the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Jim O'Connor/USATSI)
New York Jets fans celebrate an overtime victory over the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Jim O'Connor/USATSI)

The New York Jets will face six current playoff teams, including the New England Patriots, in the 2016 season.

The Jets released their opponents for next season on Monday night, and their 2016 slate includes trips to Arizona and Pittsburgh.

In addition to facing AFC East teams twice, New York will host the Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams, Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium.

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